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The Blackberry Playbook gets a software update

Blackberry Playbook OS 2.1 brings the ability to send texts from your tablet
Wed Oct 03 2012, 16:24
Blackberry Playbook 4G LTE

RESEARCH IN MOTION (RIM) released an operating system (OS) update today for its poor selling Blackberry Playbook tablet.

Despite selling only 130,000 Playbook tablets during the second quarter this year, RIM seems keen to keep its tablet customers happy, announcing an operating system update for the now discounted Playbook today.

Blackberry Playbook OS 2.1 brings a host of new tweaks to the WiFi only Blackberry tablet, including the ability to send a text from the Playbook when tethered through Blackberry Bridge. This comes along with the ability to use the Messages, Contacts and Calendar apps in portrait mode, a feature sadly missing in the Playbook 2.0 OS.

The software update also brings with it the ability to encrypt personal data - a feature previously only available on a corporate BES account - and the ability to "print" documents from a PC to a Playbook tablet using the Print to Go application.

The most exciting new feature, however, is enhanced support for Android applications. RIM tells us that the Playbook 2.1 OS delivers support for multi-window applications, camera features and in-app payments.

Blackberry Playbook 2.1 OS is available to download for free over-the-air (OTA). You will either be prompted to download the update or you can head over to RIM's Software Updates website to see if it's available now. µ


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